On Wednesday, May 7, hundreds of students in grades 8-10, along with their parents, teachers and other community members, attended Career Expo 2014 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy.

Hosted in part by Questar III BOCES, expo participants visited more than 30 representatives from various companies around the capital region to lean about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Company representatives showed participants real-life examples of how science and technology affect all professions, and provided information about local education and job opportunities.

Representatives from GE Health Care were in attendance to speak with students about the jobs available at their organization in Advanced Manufacturing, Semi-conductor Manufacturing Technology, Chemical engineering, Industrial engineering and more.

“Tech Valley is growing; there are positions available now and will continue to be available in the future,” said GE Health Care Business Team Leader Paul Janiszewski.

“We’re here to get the word out answer questions about careers in the Biotech field,” said Amy Sanderson, senior supervisor in the health diagnostic Lab at Taconic in Rensselaer. “We have entry-level, hands-on jobs all the way up to scientists with Ph.D.’s.”

The Expo also featured two panel discussions called Careers in Technology and Careers in Healthcare for a more in-depth conversation on the two topics.

Career Expo’s sponsors also include, Brunswick CSD, Lansingburgh CSD, Schodack CSD, Troy CSD, Troy Riverfront P-Tech and the Northeast Advanced Technology Education Center/Hudson Valley Community College.  It was made possible by the New York State Education Department with federal funding under the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Education Improvement Act of 2006.